By COLlive reporter
Israeli security forces were successful in circumventing a major Arab terror attack against Jews who came to visit Kever Yosef, the gravesite of the resting-place of the biblical patriarch on the outskirts of the city of Nablus.
Some 30 buses filled with Israelis and Jews from all backgrounds drove to the tomb on Sunday, December 9 to celebrate the last night of Chanukah. The visit coincided with the weekly Torah reading about Yosef.
An explosive placed at the entrance of the tomb was meant to harm the many visitors. Israeli soldiers were successful in discovering and dismantling it without any casualties or damage to the property.
In addition, there were violent riots in which Arab Palestinians threw stones and threw Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers, again without casualties or damage, Israeli media reported.
Davidi Ben Sion, Deputy Head of the Shomron Regional Council, and organizer of the monthly visits to the kever, led a prayer for the victims of the Ofra attack and lit the menorah.
Crown Heights community activist Yaacov Behrman, who was visiting Israel, joined the prayers along with Naftoli and Gavi Behrman, chazzan Moshe Sufrin, and lone soldier Mendy Rapoport.
“At no time during the drive did we feel any danger and the IDF did an excellent job and we didn’t feel threatened,” Behrman said despite driving through Arab populated territory.
“To drive from Jerusalem to Shechem and to visit Kever Yosef was a deep and meaningful visit and I recommend anyone visiting Israel to join one of these groups,” Behrman said.